What to do in Wimborne

Welcome to the pretty historic town of Wimborne Minster with its wonderful variety of shops, eateries and places of interest, including the ‘Treasures’; six charming visitor attractions each with something a little different to offer visitors.

What to do in Wimborne

Welcome to the pretty historic town of Wimborne Minster with its wonderful variety of shops, eateries and places of interest, including the ‘Treasures’; six charming visitor attractions each with something a little different to offer visitors.

Explore the gracious interior of the Minster Church of St Cuthburga with its ancient stone spiral staircase leading to the unique Chained Library.  Discover the hidden garden and fascinating galleries of the Priest’s House Museum & Gardens, where period rooms bring history to life.  Navigate the small streets of the famous Model Town, an authentic replica of 1950s Wimborne, or admire quality craftwork at picturesque Walford Mill Crafts on the banks of the River Allen.

In the town’s charming streets and hidden courtyards, visitors can enjoy browsing a delightful range of high street stores and independent shops and boutiques and the weekly Wimborne Market (every Friday, Saturday and Sunday) is just a short stroll from the town centre.  With the beautifully restored Art Deco Tivoli Theatre offering shows, music and the latest films and a tasty selection of tearooms, cafés, pubs and restaurants, Wimborne Minster has everything for the perfect day or half day visit.

This page also contains information on nearby Kingston Lacy (NT) and Knoll Gardens both a short, easy drive from the town centre and the ideal complement to Wimborne Minster for a full day out.

Situated just 8 miles north west of Bournemouth and 7 miles north of Poole, Wimborne Minster is easily accessed via the M27 and A31 from London and the east and via the A31 trunk road from the West. We are pleased to offer free parking for visiting coaches click here for further information on parking and how to apply for a parking permit.

1 Minster Church of  St. Cuthburga (Wimborne Minster)

Wimborne Minster has something to offer visitors of all ages. As well as the fine Norman architecture there is the famous Astronomical Clock, the Quarterjack - a life-size soldier on the west tower - and a unique chained library.

Contact Information:

Address Parish Office, Church House, High Street, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1HT
Telephone 01202 884753
Email parishoffice@wimborneminster.org.uk
Website www.wimborneminster.org.uk
Contact Penny Baxter (Parish Secretary) or Anthony Oliver (Chair - Minster Tourism Committee)
Open All year, daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm (4.00pm in January/February) - subject to services, especially on Sundays

2 Priest’s House Museum & Garden

The Priest’s House Museum & Garden is set in an historic town house where a series of period rooms takes the visitor back through the centuries.  From the 17th Century Hall to the Georgian Parlour and working Victorian Kitchen, our rooms show what life and work was like for people in the past. The Museum tells the story of the East Dorset area from prehistoric to modern times.  With hands-on activities in the archaeology, childhood and East Dorset villages galleries, there is plenty to see and do!

Contact Information:

Address 23-27 High Street, Wimborne, BH21 1HR
Telephone 01202 882533
Email museum@priest-house.co.uk
Website www.priest-house.co.uk
Contact James Webb
Open 2 Feb - 31 March and 2 Nov - 23 Dec, Mon to Sat, 10am to 3pm 1 April - 31 Oct, Mon to Sat, 10am to 4.30pm

3 Wimborne Model Town  & Gardens

Opened in 1951, the 1/10th scale models of Wimborne are now a vintage miniature world of life in a Dorset market town in the 1950s.  Visitors can really get close up and even touch the buildings, checking out every minute detail of over 100 shop window displays.  Set in a relaxing garden setting, the Sensory Garden, 00 gauge model railway, dolls house exhibition and Wendy Street play area offer a range of additional facilities to all.  Don’t forget the tea rooms and shop.  We aim to be disabled friendly with level access paths, and two on site wheelchairs.

Contact Information:

Address King Street, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1DY
Telephone 01202 881924
Website www.wimborne-modeltown.com
Contact Greg Hoar
Open Daily, 28 March - 1 November, 10am - 5pm

4 Walford Mill Crafts

Walford Mill Crafts is a leading venue in contemporary craft  and design. Surrounded by the river Allen, this eighteenth century mill is situated on the edge of the historical market town of  Wimborne Minster. Throughout the year, this centre of excellence offers a diverse programme of exhibitions featuring high quality craftwork by some of the very best local and national makers.  There is an opportunity to meet resident makers to observe their skills and expertise and a Gallery Shop filled with handmade jewellery, textiles, wood, glass and ceramics. Offering a variety of workshops and family events, Walford Mill Crafts is a popular attraction for both local residents and visitors to Dorset.

Contact Information:

Address Stone Lane, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1NL
Telephone 01202 841400
Email info@walfordmillcrafts.co.uk
Website www.walfordmillcrafts.co.uk
Contact Nicole Habgood (Marketing Manager)
Open All year, daily 10am to 5pm (11am to 4pm on Sundays)

5 Wimborne Market

The largest undercover market in the south of England offering almost everything you might want; fresh local produce including a regular quality butchers, bakers, fruiters, fishmonger and cheese stands, everyday essentials such as toiletries, kitchen and household appliances, all your pet needs, newspaper and even a qualified hairdresser and nail technician. Find designer jewellery, antiques, collectables, bric-a-brac and memorabilia or discover vintage, international and work clothing and shoes.  There are many services on offer including a plumber, electrician, locksmith and watch menders, or maybe you’d just like to visit our massive car boot/flea market every Saturday. There’s something for everyone here at Wimborne Market!

Contact Information:

Address Riverside Park, Station Road, Wimborne Minister, Dorset BH21 1QU
Website www.wimbornemarket.co.uk
Open Every Friday 6.30am to 2pm, Saturday 7.30am to 2pm and Sunday 8am to 2pm

6 Tivoli Theatre

The wonderful auditorium of the beautifully restored Art Deco Tivoli Theatre is the perfect setting for a wide variety of live performances, from comedy to music, dance to drama, plus the latest in feature films.

Contact Information:

Address West Borough, Wimborne Minister, Dorset BH21 1LT
Telephone Box office 01202 885566 Open from 10am - 4pm Monday to Saturday and we welcome either a phone call or a personal visit. You can also book over the phone between 4 pm - 6.30 pm Tuesday to Saturday.
Website www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk
Contact Pauline Roberts
Open Vary according to show/performance

7 Kingston Lacy (NT)

Kingston Lacy (National Trust) was the seat of the Bankes family for over 300 years.  Today you can discover an internationally acclaimed art collection, including paintings by Rubens, Titian and Tintoretto, exquisite carvings and the largest private collection of Egyptian artefacts in the UK. The garden is 47 acres with Parterre, Sunk Garden, Victorian Fernery, Blindwalk, the recently restored Japanese Gardens and an 18th century Lime Avenue leading to the Nursery Wood which includes Lady’s Walk.  The landscaped Park is 300 acres, set with wonderful specimen trees, home to the Red Ruby Devon herd of cattle.  The woodland shelter belt is mainly of beech, oak and ash, Coneygar Copse includes three play areas.  The Woodland Walk is approximately 2.5 miles long.  An 18th century cornmill, White Mill, can be visited at weekends from March to November.  Visitors can also explore Badbury Rings, an ancient Iron Age hillfort, near Wimborne Minster (approx 5 minute drive from House).

Contact Information:

Address Kingston Lacy, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 4EA
Telephone 01202 883402
Email Kingstonlacy@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy
Contact Katherine Bundy
Open House -
7 March - 1 November: 11.00am to 5.00pm (last admission 4pm)
Garden, Park, Shop and Restaurant -
1 January - 6 March: 10.30am to 4.00pm
7 March - 1 November: 10.30am to 6.00pm
2 November - 26 November : 10.30am - 4.00pm
27 November - 23 December: 10.30am - 7pm
26 December - 31 December: 10.30am - 4.00pm

8 Knoll Gardens

Regularly featured in the national press and on TV, Knoll Gardens is renowned for its naturalistic style and ornamental grasses which sit within a framework of rare and unusual trees and shrubs. Originally a private botantic garden, Knoll is now owned by the UK’s leading ornamental grass expert, and Senior Chelsea Flower Show judge, Neil Lucas, whose planting style has created an inspirational garden abundant with wildlife. The garden is discovered via a network of winding paths leading through a series of horticultural galleries providing quiet places of contemplation and dramatic focal points. With vibrant spring colour, and exquisite summer flowers covered in butterflies and bees, Knoll is at its peak in late autumn and early winter when its stunning autumn colours are brought to dramatic effect backlit by the winter sun.

Contact Information:

Address Stapehill Road, Hampreston, Nr Wimborne, BH21 7ND
Telephone 01202 873931
Email enquiries@knollgardens.co.uk
Website www.knollgardens.co.uk
Contact Neil Lucas
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm (4pm November - March)
Closed Mondays excluding Bank Holidays
Closed from 19 December 2015 to 2 February 2016

Discover Wimborne Minster

Wimborne Minster is a thriving market town in East Dorset with great shopping, facilities, restaurants, accommodation and attractions to appeal to everyone.

Whether you want a fine dining experience or simply a hot drink and a slice of cake, Wimborne has a plethora of restaurants, coffee houses and amazing local pubs that will meet your taste and budget.
Over and above some great national store chains, Wimborne boasts a wide range of unique independent shops that offer great service and a relaxed, friendly shopping experience.
Ideally located for visiting the beautiful Kingston Lacy country house, Wimborne has its own treasures - the Minster Church, art deco Tivoli theatre, Priests House Museum , Walford Mill Craft Centre and its famous Model Town, to name but a few.
Seeking financial, legal, banking or insurance services, Wimborne can offer you a wide choice of businesses to meet your personal needs. The town's business sector covers everything from health and beauty to re-upholstering your favourite armchair.

How to get here

We are delighted that you are looking at how to get to Wimborne Minster. Wimborne Minster is set in the beautiful East Dorset countryside, but only 8 miles approx from Bournemouth and Poole, just 40 minutes from Southampton and Salisbury and just 2 hours from London and Bristol.

What to do in Wimborne

Ideally located for visiting the beautiful Kingston Lacy country house, Wimborne has its own treasures – the Minster Church, art deco Tivoli theatre, Priests House Museum, Walford Mill Craft Centre, its famous Model Town and its covered market, to name but a few.

Where to stay

For the perfect break in the town, take a look at our collection of accommodation in Wimborne Minster, including hotels, cottages, B&Bs, and holiday parks. With our wide selection, you are sure to find something to suit your needs and requirements.

Food and Drink

Whether you want a fine dining experience or simply a hot drink and a slice of cake, Wimborne has a plethora of restaurants, coffee houses and amazing local pubs that will meet your taste and budget.

Contact the BID

BID Directors

Wimborne BID Directors

Martin Brunt Chairman
Email: martin.brunt@sjpp.co.uk

Mike Dyer East Dorset District Council representative
Email: cllr.mdyer@eastdorsetdc.gov.uk

Ben Richardson Deputy Chair and Marketing and advertising
Email: ben@harkerandbullman.co.uk

Laura Green Events
Email: laura@butchersdogdorset.com 

Simon Thomas Events
Email: simoncthomas@outlook.com

Richard Nunn Cleaner, Greener, Safer and Wimborne Minster Town Council representative
Email: richardnunn@talktalk.net

Georgie Boyd Cleaner, Greener, Safer
Email: enquiries@thethirstybird.co.uk

Martin Pate Business Support
Email: mp@mjplaw.co.uk

For media enquiries please contact office@wimborne.info.

Contact Us

Wimborne BID Office
Allendale House
Hanham Road
Wimborne Minster
BH21 1AS

BID Manager

Tammy Sleet

Wimborne BID
Chamber of Trade & Commerce
Wimborne Minster Town Council

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